Mugabe supporters march against marches
From MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE- (CAJ News) – ZIMBABWEAN police have come under criticism for alleged selective application of the law and partisanship for their gentle handling of protests in support of Robert Mugabe, in contrast to the brutal reaction to recent protests against the veteran leader.
Harare came to a standstill in recent days as supporters of the ruling Zanu (PF) took to the streets to pledge solidarity with the under-fire president. Supporters marched through the capital undeterred by the law enforcers.
This was in stark difference to the recent demonstrations against the worsening economic problems blamed on Mugabe’s government. Police assaulted and arrested protesters. It was the latest in a series of police crushing demonstrations against the regime by civil society and human rights groups.
Opposition parties denounced the conduct by the police.
Spokesperson of the MDC-T spokesman, Luke Tamborinyoka, said while the party applauded ruling party supporters for exercising their constitutional right to march.
“It is their right to march in commonality with a clueless 92-year old president who has run out of ideas.”
The party however bemoaned the selective application of the law and the double standards in terms of police attitude towards protests, arguing Zanu (PF) protests did not meet with “bureaucracy and hostility” the same manner opposition parties protests were dealt with.
Zimbabwe People First and the smaller MDC party also raise concern.
– CAJ News
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